Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
In accordance with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”), Prime plc (“Prime”) makes the following statement relating to Prime and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) in respect of the Group’s financial year ended 31 December 2021.
It sets out the steps the Group has taken, and is proposing to take, to address the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place in its business and within its supply chain.
Our Business and Organisational Structure
Prime is a property development company. We operate throughout the UK in the health and social care real estate sector with clients including both private and public sector organisations. Our corporate social responsibility objectives aim to improve the impact of our business on society and the economies of the areas in which we work.
Prime is committed to always working to the highest professional standards and complies with all the laws, regulations and rules relevant to our business. We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.
Prime’s wholly owned subsidiary, Prime (UK) Developments Ltd, employs 53 staff who work from our head office. All Prime staff work freely and receive in excess of minimum/living wage and there are no instances of modern slavery or human trafficking amongst our employees.
We have identified the areas at high risk of slavery or human trafficking to be in the construction and property maintenance industries, with whom we deal on a regular basis as part of our business and supply chain.
We have adopted a Modern Slavery Policy which is one of a number of policies which confirm our commitment to being an ethical, sustainable and responsible business. We expect the same standards from those we work with and are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Our Board has responsibility for ensuring our Modern Slavery Policy is complied with and to manage any breaches or concerns. In addition, we have a Whistleblowing Policy and if there are any concerns about any wrongdoing or breaches of law, these concerns can be raised in confidence and without fear of disciplinary action.
In addition to the policy mentioned above other policies adopted by the organisation relevant to the identification of modern slavery and human trafficking risk include:
- Recruitment Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Anti-bribery Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- CSR Policy
- Prime Charter
Supplier Due Diligence
Our procurement processes include undertaking appropriate due diligence before a new supplier is approved. New suppliers in the construction and property maintenance sectors will be required to comply with all local and national laws and regulations and confirm that they have a modern slavery/human trafficking policy commensurate to that of Prime or will adhere to our policy where they do not have their own.
Supplier responses will be considered when short-listing for the award of contracts or selection to a framework and any concerns made known to them. Should any supplier fail to meet our standards or be unwilling to answer any questions we will cease to engage with them.
For material suppliers in areas where we have identified risk in our supply chain, Prime will include contractual clauses in its contracts with its principal contractors (and require them to ensure compliance by their sub-contractor supply chains) to ensure policies are in place to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery. Appropriate rights to audit compliance periodically will be sought where appropriate, with a focus on areas deemed to be at high risk.
We are committed to ensuring that Prime staff are equipped to identify factors of possible slavery and that they understand the implications of the Act. Interactive web-based training on the Modern Slavery Act is compulsory for all staff.